Bradley County voter turnout hits 54 percent

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 11/7/18

The final Election Day of 2018 went smoothly in Bradley County, despite a rough few hours of weather ahead of the polls opening Tuesday. The overnight storms that rolled through didn’t cause any issues at the polls, according to Fran Green, Bradley County’s administrator of elections.

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Bradley County voter turnout hits 54 percent

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The final Election Day of 2018 went smoothly in Bradley County, despite a rough few hours of weather ahead of the polls opening Tuesday.

The overnight storms that rolled through didn’t cause any issues at the polls, according to Fran Green, Bradley County’s administrator of elections.

Green said she is aware of no glitches throughout Election Day, but there were lines at a few voting precincts as voters waited to cast their ballots.

“I did hear that Prospect had people waiting, and Blue Springs did … but it didn’t affect the returns coming in,” Green said in a telephone interview just after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

In all, 34,370 Bradley County voters cast their ballots through early and absentee voting, or on Election Day — that is 53.76 percent of the county’s 63,936 registered voters.

“I am super excited about that,” Green said of the voter turnout. “It is record-breaking for the midterm (election).”

The first voting precinct to deliver its results to the Bradley County Election Commission was the Museum Center at Five Points, at about 8:30 p.m.; Green said election workers from the Walker Valley High School precinct were the last to arrive and be processed.

After a busy year with three elections on the calendar, voters will have a break before being called upon to perform their civic duty once again – Green said the next election will be the March 2020 presidential preference primary, with early voting beginning in February 2020.

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